Lafayette chiropractor accused of sexually harassing patients

The Indiana Attorney General's Office is now asking the Indiana State Board of Chiropractic Examiners for an emergency hearing on the matter involving Dr. James Pucka.

Posted: May 10, 2021 12:08 PM
Updated: May 11, 2021 3:31 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette chiropractor's license is in jeopardy after multiple patients say he sexually harassed them.

It's a story News 18 has been working to bring you since March.

In documents released by the Indiana Attorney General's Office, several complaints have been filed against Dr. James Pucka.

Five of The Spine Worx owner's patients are accusing him of sexually harassing them while under his care.

According to the documents, filed May 7, one patient said Pucka told her that "one of them would be getting naked by the end of the appointment" and that it would not be him.

That same patient claims Pucka looped his fingers under her bra straps causing her breasts to move. She said he told her that her breasts were nice, but the cause of her back pain.

Another patient said Pucka placed his body between her legs and pressed his groin against her groin during an appointment.

She said she asked if he was done and Pucka allegedly responded by asking if the patient heard him unzip.

Pucka allegedly showed another patient a picture of a person bound and hogtied and then suggested that position as a possible treatment.

According to the Attorney General's Office, it has requested a hearing regarding placing Pucka's license on suspension for 90 days.

At the hearing, after the parties present their evidence and arguments, the Indiana State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will decide whether or not to grant the Office of the Attorney General's request.

The motion for an emergency hearing is the Office of the Attorney General's request to have a hearing on its petition before the board's July 8 meeting. 

If the board does not grant the motion for an emergency hearing, the date for the hearing will be July 8. If the board grants the motion, the board will choose a date, which at this point is unknown.

We have made several attempts to reach Dr. Pucka since we began working on this story, but he has not commented yet.

Coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday, we'll hear from alleged victims and a former employee.

You can hear their stories on News 18 at 5 and 6 p.m.

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